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  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Pope Benedict accused of ignoring abuse allegations against Hullerman

    03/21/2010 7:14:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 86 replies · 968+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 21st 2010 | John Follain and Bojan Pancevski
    NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, who was Archbishop of Munich and Freising at the time, wanted Father Peter Hullermann — known to friends in the church as “Hulli” — to undergo psychotherapy. A psychiatrist quickly concluded that Hullermann was untreatable, however. “I told the church officials that Hullermann must never be allowed to work with children again,” said Werner Huth, the psychiatrist, in an interview...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

    03/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PST · by Cardhu · 128 replies · 2,838+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 4th 2010 | John Hooper in Romei
    Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting. The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for...
  • How to mark Benedict's fifth anniversary (Latin Mass in DC)

    02/24/2010 10:01:23 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 163+ views
    NCR ^ | February 24, 2010 | Dennis Coday
    Latin Mass at the National Shrine in April First such Mass at the shrine in nearly 45 years If you haven't yet settled on a way to mark the fifth anniversary of the pontificate Benedict XVI, and if you're in the Washington, D.C., area, you may want to check this out. The Paulus Institute, whose raison d'ętre is "for the propagation of sacred liturgy," announced today "the fifth anniversary of inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will be commemorated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. by a Pontifical Solemn...
  • With Pope Benedict XVI: At the Throne of Grace

    02/05/2010 3:55:48 AM PST · by mlizzy · 171+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 02-04-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
  • Pope confirms travel plans in blunt speech to British bishops

    02/01/2010 3:47:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 1, 2010 | Diogenes
    Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans for his visit to Great Britain in September-- and offered some unusually blunt reflections on the situation facing the Church there-- in a February 1 address to a group of visiting British bishops. The Pope told the bishops, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit, that he looked forward to his trip to their country. Although he did not mention specific dates, informed Catholic sources in London have confirmed that the trip will take place in September. The Pontiff went on to say that the Church leadership in England and Wales "needs to...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: we must all go green to save the planet

    01/01/2010 1:45:09 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 124 replies · 3,299+ views
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 1-1-10 | Nick Squires
    He said people needed to change how they live their lives and called for "ecological responsibility" to be taught in schools.....
  • Minsk suggests hosting first meeting of Orthodox, Catholic leaders

    12/02/2009 5:40:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 203+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/2/2009
    A senior Belarusian official invited the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church leaders to have their first meeting in Belarus in efforts to end the 950-year schism. Speaking during an online news conference on Wednesday, Leonid Gulyako, an official in charge of religious and ethnicity affairs, said Belarus was an ideal place for the historic meeting. "In Belarus, the Orthodox Church has not distanced itself from the Catholic Church. A husband and wife in a family belonging to the two different religions is a common thing in Belarus," Gulyako said adding however that 85% of believers in the country are Orthodox...
  • Pope Benedict points to St. Augustine as source of unity with Orthodox

    09/04/2009 9:48:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,047+ views
    cna ^ | September 4, 2009
    St. Augustine of Hippo Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2009 / 10:08 am (CNA).- In a letter he sent Thursday to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity,  Pope Benedict XVI has underscored that the teachings of St. Augustine are a path seeking unity with the Orthodox. The message from the Pope was sent to Cardinal Kasper as the 11th Inter-Christian Symposium gathered in Rome. The meeting was organized by the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical University Antonianum and the Aristotle Orthodox Theological Faculty of Thessalonica.In his message, the Holy Father expressed his gratitude...
  • Pope Benedict points to St. Monica as example of 'holy parent'

    08/30/2009 9:43:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 577+ views
    cna ^ | August 30, 2009
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 30, 2009 / 11:14 am (CNA).- At Sunday’s Angelus prayer in the courtyard of Castel Gandolfo’s apostolic palace, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the previous week’s liturgical memorial of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo and model and patron of Christian mothers. “Much is recounted about her in her son’s autobiography ‘The Confessions,’ a masterpiece among the most read works of all time,” Pope Benedict said. “There, we understand that St. Augustine imbibed the name of Jesus with maternal milk and was educated in the Christian religion by his mother, the principles of which...
  • Is Benedict in Favor of World Government?

    08/20/2009 12:30:40 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 705 replies · 6,201+ views
    First Things ^ | August 20, 2009 | Douglas A. Sylva
    As observers continue to decipher the meaning of Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, all appear to agree that the passage of note, the passage that may prove historic in its implications, is the one that is already becoming known as the “world political authority” paragraph: In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth....
  • Caritas In Veritate

    07/17/2009 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 1 replies · 236+ views
    A beginner's Guide to Freedom ^ | July 13, 2009 | Stephen Smith
    President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI last week at the Vatican. During the meeting, the Pope provided the president with a copy of his new encyclical letter, Caritas In Veritate. Most of the press coverage has focused on the pro-life elements of the treatise and the obvious disagreements between the Church and President Obama over issues such as abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. But it should be noted that the Pope’s encyclical dedicates as much (if not more) time to the issues of globalization and the current economic crisis, and in this respect the Pope and the President are...
  • Morals, Markets, and the Pope (Does his encyclical desire the worldwide redistribution of wealth?)

    07/17/2009 5:16:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 417+ views
    The American ^ | 7/17/2009 | Joseph Loconte
    Adam Smith, 18th-century author of The Wealth of Nations, might easily be a struggling, under-employed hack in today’s cultural milieu. People are not interested in the “invisible hand” of self-interested capitalism. They want very visible hands—the big, boorish, bear claws of government—to fix the global economic crisis. Free markets are a fool’s errand, we are told, a playground for corporate predators. Into this cultural moment arrives the latest encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth). Its large themes are economic development, globalization, environmental protection, and the culture that promotes a more humane economic system. Anyone hoping...
  • Pope Benedict XVI taken to hospital after fall

    07/17/2009 1:24:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies · 1,815+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, July 17, 2009 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI has been taken to a hospital in northern Italy after slipping and falling during his vacation in the Alps. The Rev. Federico Lombardi says Benedict "slipped and got hurt" but that "it doesn't seem to be serious."... The ANSA news agency reported that Benedict walked into the hospital with an aide.
  • Pope Benedict XVI sacks two Vatican officials over Holocaust-denying bishop fiasco

    07/09/2009 12:23:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies · 791+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 07/09/2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI has sacked two Vatican officials over the readmission of a British Holocaust-denying bishop to the Roman Catholic Church. He also abolished the Vatican department responsible for the lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson, who is one of the leaders of the Society of St Pius X. The rehabilitation, in January, threatened to undo decades of work to heal rifts between Catholics and Jews. The German-born Pope was forced to apologise to Jewish leaders and atoned by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel in May. The incident made Pope Benedict, one of the most admired...
  • Caritas In Veritate (Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical) [Cath/Orth Caucus]

    07/08/2009 4:01:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 380+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | June 29, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    ENCYCLICAL LETTERCARITAS IN VERITATE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS PRIESTS AND DEACONS MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS THE LAY FAITHFUL AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL ON INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHARITY AND TRUTHINTRODUCTION1. Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is...
  • Best Pro-Life Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI's New Encyclical

    07/08/2009 9:20:38 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies · 769+ views -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | July 8, 2009 | Compiled by John-Henry Westen
    Tuesday July 7, 2009 Best Pro-Life Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI's New Encyclical In new encyclical Pope Benedict slams population control, urges openness to life Compiled by John-Henry Westen   ROME, Italy, July 7, 2009 ( - Today the much-anticipated social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (Truth in Love) was released, after being delayed for a year due to the global economic crisis. The encyclical includes several passages of great interest to those involved in the pro-life movement. The most pertinent and striking passages dealing with the life issues are reproduced below. To read the complete...
  • Pope Benedict clears way for Cardinal John Newman to become first English saint in 40 years

    07/03/2009 8:10:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies · 528+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI today announced the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. The declaration means that the Anglican vicar, who shocked Victorian England by converting to Catholicism, will be given the title 'Blessed'. It also puts Newman just one stage away from becoming the first English saint in about 40 years.
  • Relations Warms Between Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican

    05/23/2009 9:11:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 324+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 5/22/2009 | SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY
    Festivities in Rome this weekend for the dedication of an Orthodox church on the grounds of the Russian Embassy near the Vatican attest to a surprising but marked warming of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican in recent months, according to church officials and analysts. If trends hold true, they add, a meeting of the pope and the patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Russia may be close. Whether even that could begin to overcome the centuries-old hatred surrounding the two churches’ conflicting authority over Christians is another question. To mark the dedication Sunday of the Church...
  • Vatican decries reaction to pope's condom remarks

    04/17/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by malkee · 9 replies · 442+ views
    AP ^ | April 17 2009 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY – Critics of the Catholic Church's social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican charged Friday in responding to attacks on the pontiff's remarks about AIDS and condom use. In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican defended the pope's view that condoms aren't the answer to Africa's AIDS epidemic and could make it worse. On his way to Africa last month, he said the best strategy is the church's effort to promote sexual responsibility through abstinence and monogamy. France, Germany, the United Nations' AIDS-fighting agency and the British medical journal The Lancet called...
  • Urbi Et Orbi: Message Of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

    04/12/2009 4:51:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | April 12, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world,From the depths of my heart, I wish all of you a blessed Easter.  To quote Saint Augustine, “Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra – the resurrection of the Lord is our hope” (Sermon 261:1).  With these words, the great Bishop explained to the faithful that Jesus rose again so that we, though destined to die, should not despair, worrying that with death life is completely finished; Christ is risen to give us hope (cf. ibid.).  Indeed, one of the questions that most preoccupies men and women is this: what is there after...
  • Easter Vigil: Homily Of His Holiness Benedict XVI

    04/12/2009 4:47:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | April 11, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters,Saint Mark tells us in his Gospel that as the disciples came down from the Mount of the Transfiguration, they were discussing among themselves what “rising from the dead” could mean (cf. Mk 9:10).  A little earlier, the Lord had foretold his passion and his resurrection after three days.  Peter had protested against this prediction of death.  But now, they were wondering what could be meant by the word “resurrection”.  Could it be that we find ourselves in a similar situation?  Christmas, the birth of the divine Infant, we can somehow immediately comprehend.  We can love the...
  • Looks like the Pope was right: bleak stories behind failed condom campaigns.

    04/08/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Balt · 11 replies · 882+ views
    Priestly Pugilist & MercatorNet ^ | 2 April 2009 | Chinwuba Iyizoba
    [Some time ago, your PP promised to weigh in on the flap regarding the Pope's comments on condoms which have been widely condemned as backward and stupid by just about everyone in every country. Instead, I'm going to let someone much more personally involved to do so. But before reading, consider the plight of the Holy Father. His job is to eludidate the teaching of Christ and his Church. It is not in his job description to acomodate the teaching of Christ to the sensibilities of the modern world. At some point, those of us who are Christians have...
  • PBS's Erbe: Pope Benedict 'Horrifically Ignorant'

    03/19/2009 3:15:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 18, 2009 | Ken Shepherd
    Hell hath no fury like a feminist writer directing a hissy fit at the pope. Bonnie Erbe -- the US News & World Report contributing editor and PBS "To the Contrary" host who argued that Bristol Palin is more "mature" than her abstinence education-advocating mother -- finds the pope "horrifically ignorant" when it comes to HIV/AIDS. What exactly did the pontiff say that set Erbe off? Try, "AIDS cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms," hardly a controversial, implausible statement, but one that, to Erbe, showed the pope has "no sympathy" for women in Africa. Yet in the...
  • Impeach the Pope

    03/19/2009 12:27:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies · 1,487+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2009 | Robert S. McElvaine
    Enough! No--Too much! Amid all the justified outrage we all feel at Bernie Madoff and the AIG bandits, let us save some intense outrage for Pope Benedict XVI. After insulting Muslims by declaring in 2006 that Muhammad had brought "things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached," after reiterating (through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) in 2008 that the subject of the ordination of women is not even open for discussion and declaring that anyone involved with the ordination of women will be automatically excommunicated, after lifting...
  • Letter [...] concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops [Ecu]

    03/18/2009 3:17:46 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies · 318+ views
    e-mail | March 10, 2009)
    LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre ( Rome , March 10, 2009) Dear Brothers in the Episcopal Ministry! The remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated in 1988 by Archbishop Lefebvre without a mandate of the Holy See has for many reasons caused, both within and beyond the Catholic Church, a discussion more heated than any we have seen for a long time. Many Bishops felt perplexed by an event which came about unexpectedly and...
  • Reverse Post-Conciliar Traumatic Stress Disorder and excommunicating Pope Benedict.

    02/06/2009 10:34:27 AM PST · by Balt · 3 replies · 487+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 1/31/2009 | Priestly Pugilist
    Last year, in a post entitled, "Reform: can you deal with it?", your PP spoke about an imaginary priest, formed after Vatican II, whose entire belief system is based on the common misinterpretations of the Council, and what would happen to him should the Latin Church actually engage in a real reform of the Liturgy. I summarized his new Post-Vatican II faith as follows: And he is the priest referred to above: the one who, if faced with a general and comprehensive reform of the Western Liturgy—to use Cardinal Ratzinger's words—"standing wholly in the legacy of the traditional Rite," would...
  • German pope becomes an embarrassment in homeland

    02/04/2009 7:06:59 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 51 replies · 1,042+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 3, 2009 | Madeline Chambers
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly four years after a rare outburst of national pride over the election of a German pope, Germans are falling out of love with Pope Benedict because of his rehabilitation of a bishop who denies the Holocaust. Prominent Catholics, politicians and newspaper commentators in Joseph Ratzinger's homeland are pulling no punches in their criticism of his lifting of the excommunications of four bishops, including one who denies the extent of the Holocaust. Chancellor Angela Merkel also criticized him, prompting a sharp response from the Vatican. "Worldwide criticism of the Pope," read the front page of top-selling daily...
  • Science Intrudes Into Morality (Evos scold the Pope)

    12/29/2008 5:19:03 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 857+ views
    CEH ^ | December 23, 2008
    Science Intrudes Into Morality Dec 23, 2008 — The Pope recently declared that we need to save humanity from self-destructive behaviors, like homosexuality. Can science intrude on questions of human behavior and morals? New Scientist thought so; a blog entry today says the Pope “misuses science to attack homosexuality.”One would think that moral behavior would lie outside the field for a scientific news source, but online news editor Rowan Hooper went on, mocking the Pope’s claim that the church has a role in saving “human ecology” like scientists have a role in protecting tropical forests. Hooper called this “a bizarre...
  • Wall St.'s Denizens Look East

    10/26/2008 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 321+ views
    washintgon post ^ | October 27, 2008; A09 | By Ellen Knickmeyer
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Fahad al-Deweesh, a vice president at a Persian Gulf investment firm, is getting e-mails from old finance classmates at the University of Southern California he hasn't heard from in years, asking what the job market here looks like for Americans.
  • Pope Speaks to Iraqi Leader on Religious Freedom

    07/27/2008 3:25:18 PM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 145+ views ^ | Jul. 25, 2008 | Phil Lawler
    Castel Gandolfo, Jul. 25, 2008 ( - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki met with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) on July 25 at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Pope Benedict underscored his concern about the Christian minority in Iraq during the conversation. A Vatican statement released after the meeting noted that the Holy Father had decried the continuing violence in Iraq and pointed out that the bloodshed has taken a heavy toll on "the Christian communities which strongly feel the need for greater security." The Pope also spoke about the needs of Iraqi refugees and-- returning...
  • "Latin Mass to return to England and Wales" as "Gregorian Rite"!

    06/14/2008 8:51:54 PM PDT · by magisterium · 22 replies · 186+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 14, 2008 | Damian Thompson
    The traditional Latin Mass – effectively banned by Rome for 40 years – is to be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish in England and Wales, the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of Latin liturgy said at a press conference in London today. In addition, all seminaries will be required to teach trainee priests how to say the old Mass so that they can celebrate it in all parishes. Catholic congregations throughout the world will receive special instruction on how to appreciate the old services, formerly known as the Tridentine Rite.
  • Arian, Aryan — What’s the Diff?

    05/18/2008 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Huber · 11 replies · 694+ views
    There’s an urban legend making the rounds about Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States. The story goes that Vice-President Cheney asked the pontiff what he’s been reading. The Holy Father replied that he’s been researching “the Arian heresy.” Cheney, thinking the pope meant “Aryan,” said, “That must be interesting for you, since you lived through it. And Benedict responded, “I’m old, but I’m not that old.” It’s a funny story, and I’m told it appeared in the London Times. But I’m afraid I couldn’t find confirmation anywhere on the Web. So I went over the head of the World...
  • Jim Akin: Explaining Ratzinger’s "Proportionate Reasons"

    05/09/2008 12:08:26 PM PDT · by Balt · 3 replies · 193+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 5/9/2008 | Jim Akin
    [This article by Jim Akin is a good companion to the previous post about Arch-Tame Wuerl. Jim is director of apologetics and evangelization at "Catholic Answers" and is a contributing editor of This Rock. --PP] Abortion Is the Black Hole of Moral Issues A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia but votes...
  • Pope set to meet Rowan Williams

    05/04/2008 7:55:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 42+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 5/4/2008
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict is expected to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Monday in only the second official meeting between the two religious leaders, a Vatican source said on Sunday. The meeting comes less than two months after the Vatican's top officials for relations with Islam criticised Williams as mistaken and naive for suggesting that some aspects of Sharia law in Britain were unavoidable. The spiritual leader for the world's 77 million Anglicans, Williams -- who sparked a political storm with the Sharia comments -- last held talks with the Pope in November 2006. Ties...
  • Vatican shrugs off Time 'Top 100' list snub to pope

    05/02/2008 9:35:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies · 170+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/2/2008
    ROME (AFP) — The Vatican on Friday dismissed the US newsweekly Time's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people as "bizarre and arbitrary," saying the Holy See was pleased that the pope was not included. "I am happy about this absence (of Pope Benedict XVI) from the list, whose composition is kind of bizarre and arbitrary," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP. Lombardi said he doubted whether the magazine took fully into account the pope's spiritual and moral authority. This year's list does include the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as well as the patriarch of the...
  • Pope meets with Iran-based Muslim group, method for dialogue agreed on

    04/30/2008 1:53:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 54+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 30, 2008
    Vatican City, Apr 30, 2008 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Following today's general audience, Benedict XVI received a group of Iranian Muslims who have been meeting biannually for the last 12 years with the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The dialogue between the Vatican and the Muslim group resulted in an agreement on faith and reason, violence and religion and the method for dialogue. The Vatican is being represented in the discussions by a delegation led by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, while the president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization of Tehran, Iran is leading their group. Representatives from both groups...
  • Pope's visit to France confirmed by bishops

    04/29/2008 1:41:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 175+ views
    CNA ^ | April 29, 2008
    Paris, Apr 29, 2008 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- The Bishops’ Conference of France has officially announced that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to France for the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions that took place in Lourdes. The trip, which is scheduled for September 12-15, 2008, will begin with a greeting by French officials after which the Holy Father will head to the College des Bernardins where he will address the “world of culture.”  Then the Pope will pray vespers at the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  Following the prayer service, he will address young people gathered at the Cathedral.  On...
  • Aide: Rumors About Pope's Health "Baseless" (French Newspaper Questions Pontiff's Vitality)

    04/28/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 46+ views
    ZNA ^ | April 27, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 27, 2008 ( Rumors suggesting that Benedict XVI's health is failing are "baseless," confirmed the Vatican. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said this in statements to the press after the French newspaper Le Figaro published an article Saturday that raised questions regarding the Pontiff's health. The report also speculated on future successors to the papacy. The spokesman said the article's assertions, published less than one week after the Pontiff ended his five-day apostolic trip to the United States, were "paradoxical.” “Benedict XVI is well and it is paradoxical that doubts about his...
  • Betraying Benedict

    04/28/2008 4:17:20 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 3 replies · 58+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | April 28, 2008 | Robert Novak
    In the aftermath of the U.S. visit by Pope Benedict XVI, traditional Catholics are asking a troublesome question: Did pro-choice politicians receiving Communion at the papal Masses indicate the pope had softened on the abortion question? The answer is no. On the contrary, it reflected disobedience to Benedict by the archbishops of New York and Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. John Kerry, Christopher Dodd and Edward M. Kennedy received Communion at Nationals Park in Washington, as did former mayor Rudolph Giuliani at Yankee Stadium in New York. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop of...
  • Cat Lovers Appreciate Soul Mate in Vatican [Pope Benedict]

    04/22/2008 10:25:12 PM PDT · by Huntress · 16 replies · 100+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/21/08 | Andy Newman
    Their names are Shadow, Butch, Misty, Rusty, Sparky, Sunshine, Esther, Marty and Spunky. They are cats, some former strays, some tiger-striped. But to Jan Fredericks of Wayne, N.J., they are family, they are God’s creatures and deserving of compassion. And in Pope Benedict XVI, Ms. Fredericks, the chairwoman of the fledgling American branch of Catholic Concern for Animals, believes that she has found a kindred spirit: Along with an enormous entourage and a message of peace, the Pope brought with him to the United States a lifelong love of cats.
  • Prayer Of Pope Benedict XVI At Ground Zero

    04/22/2008 3:11:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 8 replies · 146+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 20, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    On Sunday 20 April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI visited the site of the terrorist attack in New York City, 11 September 2001. While there he offered the following prayer.O God of love, compassion, and healing,look on us, people of many different faithsand traditions,who gather today at this site,the scene of incredible violence and pain. We ask you in your goodnessto give eternal light and peaceto all who died here —the heroic first-responders:our fire fighters, police officers,emergency service workers, andPort Authority personnel,along with all the innocent men and womenwho were victims of this tragedysimply because their work or servicebrought them here...
  • Pope Inspires Patriotism

    04/22/2008 10:23:22 AM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 7 replies · 335+ views
    The White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI to America was truly inspiring. The U.S. Army band and chorus performed an amazing rendition of the Battle Hyman of the Republic. The Pope spoke about the greatness of America. On Sunday I was the emcee at Springfest, a family fun festival in Deltona, Florida. Deltona is the fulfillment of MLK's dream where blacks, whites, Hispanics and others live and play together. Inspired by the tremendous celebration of God and country at the White House, I felt compelled to do the same at Springfest. I asked the Sheriff's dept. motorcycle officers...
  • Pontiff’s strong words, actions foster spirit of healing

    04/20/2008 3:52:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 71+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 20, 2008 | Jessica Fargen
    NEW YORK CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI will always have his detractors, but even his toughest critics will admit that this past week the aging pontiff brought the need to heal the clergy sex abuse crisis high up onto his papal platform.Whether one believes that reform is coming or that Benedict’s speeches are merely words on a page, the pontiff has confronted the thorny issue in ways that defied expectations.Before the Holy Father set foot on American soil, he told reporters aboard the papal airplane that pedophile priests left him “deeply ashamed.” During his homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral...
  • Benedict draws on personal history (sounds like modern Dems)

    04/20/2008 9:27:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 84+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/20/2008 | Michael Paulson and Michael Levenson
    - Pope Benedict XVI, nearing the end of his six-day trip to the United States, opened a rare window yesterday evening into his own struggles as a child in Nazi Germany, telling a large rally of seminarians and young Catholics that his difficulties in that era helped him understand the challenges that young people face. (snip) "My own years as a teenager were marred by a sinister regime that thought it had all the answers," he told the seminarians and young people outside St. Joseph's Seminary, in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers. "Its influence grew, infiltrating schools and civic bodies,...
  • Pope speaks out about Nazi youth (growing up under the "monster" of Nazism)

    04/19/2008 8:39:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 73+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 20, 2008
    Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the first time about growing up under the "monster" of Nazism. Speaking at a youth rally in New York, the German-born pontiff said his teenager years had been "marred by a sinister regime". Earlier, during a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan he spoke out again about the suffering of victims of paedophile Catholic priests. On Sunday, he is due to visit the scene of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Pope Benedict's tour of the US is his first visit to the country since being elected head of the Catholic Church...
  • Franciscan University president reacts to Pope's education speech

    04/19/2008 7:36:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 65+ views
    CNA ^ | 4/19/2008
    Washington DC, Apr 19, 2008 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- The President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Father Terence Henry, TOR, has given his reaction to Catholic News Agency on the Pope’s message to Catholic university leaders. Father Henry said that he believes Pope Benedict’s address taught that authentic Catholic education “springs from the heart of the Church.” Father Henry was particularly struck by Pope Benedict’s idea that Catholic institutions are “instruments of hope” to the world and to young people. “There are some out there who think that authentic freedom means to speculate on everything under the sun,” Father Henry...
  • President Honors Pope at Catholic Prayer Breakfast

    04/18/2008 5:44:23 PM PDT · by tcg · 12 replies · 100+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/19/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    "One of the blessings of being the President is I get to see firsthand how people are motivated by the fundamental truths articulated by the Holy Father."